Individual machine configuration for components in production facilities
High wages combined with demanding environmental standards are preventing manufacturing companies in Germany from competing purely on the price front.
For many years, companies have been using high-quality and sophisticated products to attract international customers. However, in the face of global competition, other manufacturers in the world market are catching up.
Consumer products as well as investment goods are becoming increasingly diversified and subject to unforeseen fluctuations in demand. Accordingly, production processes and logistics processes have to adapt to these changes in a highly flexible manner.
With today’s centrally-controlled processes, this is almost impossible. Future requirements can only be met with the aid of cyber-physical systems (CPS), which use intelligent sensors to perceive their environment and actuators to influence it. Cyber-physical systems can be integrated into products, machines and equipment. Their capacity to optimize and reconfigure themselves enables them to adapt to changing orders and operating states.
Their implementation represents a paradigm shift in the manufacturing world, which is being pushed ahead as people become aware of “intelligent networking in manufacturing – a contribution to the forward-looking project Industrie 4.0”. Germany will develop into a leading global manufacturer of cyber-physical systems.
The project is being funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Project partners include the Komet Group, Mapal, the Institute for Machine Tools (IfW, University of Stuttgart) and the Fraunhofer project group “Ressourceneffiziente Mechatronische Verarbeitungsmaschinen” (RMV).